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Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, shares personal remembrances of her father and through interviews with politicians, media personalities, celebrities and leaders, explores the influence that he continues to have on the issues at the heart of America's identity.

Robert F. Kennedy staunchly advocated for civil rights, education, justice, and peace; his message transcended race, class, and creed, resonating deeply within and across America. He was the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and was expected to run against Republican Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, following in the footsteps of his late brother John F. Kennedy to become president. After winning the California presidential primary on June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot, and he died the following day. He was 42.

Fifty years after his assassination, Robert Kennedy's passions and concerns and the issues he championed are - for better and worse - still so relevant. Ripples of Hope explores Robert F. Kennedy's influence on issues at the heart of America's identity today, including moral courage, economic and social justice, the role of government, international relations, youth, violence, and support for minority groups, among other salient topics.

Ripples of Hope captures the legacy of former Senator and US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy through commentary from his daughter, as well as interviews with dozens of prominent national and international figures who have been inspired by him. They include Barack Obama, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte Jr., Bono, George Clooney, Gloria Steinem, and more. They share personal accounts and stories of how Kennedy's words, life, and values have influenced their lives, choices, and actions. Through these interviews, Kerry Kennedy aims to enlighten people anew about her father's legacy and to bring to life RFK's values and passions, using as milestones the end of his last campaign and a life that was cut off much too soon.

Thurston Clarke provides a powerful foreword to the book with his previous reporting on RFK's funeral train.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Kerry Kennedy (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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From a daily drip of despair to remember ‘Ripples of Hope’

I suspect like many fellow citizens, Hope has felt in short supply of late.
This Audible book, more powerfully than any of the dozens I have read (heard) had me at the foreword. The moral courage, evidenced by RFK and continuing by Kerry, is impactful and can be contagious.
I grew up in a ‘political family’, too. My Father played a significant behind the scenes; but, real role in JFK election. I had my own bags packed to join the Advance Team with Jerry Bruno for New York Primary the next day after CA Primary.
Not unlike Kerry’s recollections and others, there was a sense of admirable purpose to Public Life, then; not ‘Spin’ or ‘narrative’ or ‘our partisan brand’; but real activity focused on making the lives of our fellow Americans better. This important collection reminds me ( and all of us....remember “us” as Americans, when we were ‘in this together’). Thus is why Kerry has done a profound service. The best of the Kennedy Family contributions to our country. MUST read to remind us who we really are. Thank you!!!

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Another Ripple of Hope.

A glimpse into the lives RFK touched and his ongoing legacy. As a teacher at the RFK Community Schools it is a great story to share with my Students.